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Sports Monday Trivia
Name the two days of the
year there will definitely not
be a major sporting event.
(For the answer,
turn to the bottom of page 2)

Inside Sports Monday
'M' Sports Calendar 2
Griddes 2
Volleyball 2
Field Hockey 2
Q&A 3
Get Rich Quick 3
'M' Football Coverage 4
Cross Country 5
Big Ten Roundup 5

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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday -October 23, 1989

M'

finally

beats

Iowa

on

road

Taylor runs 'M'
offense to win
IOWA CITY-After five games of playing at 33
rpm, the addition of fifth-year senior quarterback
Michael Taylor was all it took to rev the previously
vaunted Michigan offense to 78 rpm.
"(Taylor is) the best athlete we've played against this
season and I don't see any others coming close," said
Iowa head coach Hayden Fry. "He added dimensions to
that team that they hadn't seen since the Rose Bowl.
We thought we were ready to play against him, but he's
lust a darn good athlete."
A dam Taylor's return to the lineup after
sitting out most of the season gave
Schrager coaches, teammates, and fans an off-
ense to actually brag about. What
had become a boring, conservative,
sluggish offense came to life under
Taylor's direction.
This is not meant at all to be a
criticism of redshirt frosh Elvis
Grbac, who was forced into an un-
enviable situation with no exper-
ience. The offense understandably
" .picked up with Taylor's confidence
and composure back in the huddle.
The easiest place to see this is in Michigan's suc-
cessful third-down conversions. After converting only
36 percent of its third-downs all season, Taylor led the
Wolverines to a 67 percent conversion rate (8 of 12) for
the game.
"We would do really well on first and second down
and then Taylor would get us on third down," said
i Hawkeye linebacker Brad Quast. "He was throwing
well, but the key was his scrambling. We just couldn't
stop him."
The biggest difference between Taylor and Grbac is
agility and mobility.
Taylor has it, Grbac doesn't.
That is not to say that Taylor plays better than
Grbac, but Taylor does fit into head coach Bo Schem-
bechler's current offense better.
See SCHRAGER, page 4

Taylor starts
and sparks
Blue,2
by Steve Blonder
Daily Football Writer
IOWA CITY - Michigan players had been rueing
this weekend's jaunt into Hawkeye country because of
the brash treatment they recieved last year from the fans.
But the tables were turned this year as the fifth-
ranked Wolverines turned the hostile crowd into passive
observers more commonly found at an art auction by
running over their hosts, 26-12.
"It wasn't really that noisy," said Wolverine fullback
Leroy Hoard. "It was noisier here last year,"
Wide receiver Chris Calloway, who caught four
passes for 54 yards, said the team wanted to start off
quickly. "The way you can counter crowd noise is by
getting off on a fast start. And that's what we tried to
do."
The fans might have well taken off for The Judds
concert in Cedar Rapids after Michigan dominated the
first quarter, putting together two drives which resulted
in Michigan staking out a six-point lead.
The lead would have been more had Hoard not
returned to form, losing the football deep in Iowa ter-
ritory.
"If any place their guy could hit (the ball) and cause
a fumble, that was it. I held the ball tight," Hoard said.
"If it would happen to anybody, it would happen to
me."
Michigan, which led the nation in fewest turnovers
last year, stopped itself from scoring three times by
giving the ball back to Iowa.
"We expected we'd move the ball if we executed, but
not the turnovers," Wolverine assistant coach Jerry
Hanlon said. "The problem now is getting out of the
turnovers. We should have had some more points."
The Hawkeyes, on the other hand, came into
Saturday's game leading the Big Ten in turning the ball
over, and twice had give-aways come back to haunt
them. See IOWA, page 4

Iowa running back Nick Bell and Michigan safety Tripp Welborne watch the football fall safely to the tufAREZ/fa.y

Icers douse Flames
in weekend sweep
!?.EicLemon

Road
by Mike Gill
Daily Basketball Writer

to

Recovery

Daily Hockey Writer
CHICAGO, IL-Todd Cope-
land's slapshot from just inside the
blue line with just over two
minutes left in the third period
rocketed Michigan to a 1-0 victory
over the University of Illinois at
Chicago. Copeland's blast, com-
bined with Friday night's 9-4 win,
completed a Wolverine sweep of the
weekend series.
The two wins propelled
Michigan to 3-0-1 on the season
and into sole possession of first
place in the Central Collegiate
Hockey Association. UIC, which
finished third in the league last
year,.fell to 0-4.
Both teams had numerous
scoring opportunities Saturday
night but were stymied by good
defense and the goaltending of
Michigan's Warren Sharples and
UIC's Dave DePinto. Finally, at
17:34 of the third period, Mike
Moes skated deep into the Flames'
zone and passed back to Copeland
for the game winning shot.
"I snuck in behind a line change
and nobody really saw me,"
Copeland said. "(The 5-foot-7 inch
DePinto) is a little kid and I was
trying to shoot high all night. I
thought I might be able to
overpower him on a shot like that.
"It was the the biggest goal of
my life so far," Copeland said.
Copeland believes the goal may
have been foreshadowed earlier in
the day. While taking a walk along
Lake Michigan, head coach Red
Berenson told Copeland "to worry
more about playing solid defense
and the other things will take care
of themselves."
The prophet Berenson described
the game as one "that neither team

Michigan goals in 46 seconds at the
end of the first period. Kramer tied
the game at 16:25 and then put
Michigan ahead 3-2 at 16:44.
Center Denny Felsner completed
the onslaught when he flipped a
shot past DePinto at 17:11.
The timing of Kramer's goals
appeared to deflate the spirit of a
UIC team that had been playing
Michigan closely until that point.
UIC left the first period down 5-1
and did not challenge the
Wolverines for the rest of the game.
"We took it to them up until the
15:00 mark of the first period," said
UIC coach Val Belmonte, "and then
all of a sudden the Pavilion ceiling
fell in."
Berenson said "Kramer's goals
were big goals. They gave us the
lift we needed."
Kramer, who finished the game
with his first collegiate hat trick,
credited the Michigan front line for
the Wolverines offensive success.
"(The UIC defense) let us make
plays from behind the net and, the
way hockey works, there is always
going to be a guy open in front of
the net," the sophomore winger
said.
At least it seemed that way. In
addition to Kramer's trick, Rob
Brown and Felsner had two goals
each while David Roberts tallied
four assists.
"I thought we forechecked them
pretty good at times," Berenson
said. "All of Kramer's goals were
close in goals."
"Their play away from the net
was very good," UIC coach Val
Belmonte said. "The Michigan
forwards made things happen to-
night."
The game got sloppy near the

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It's a move Kirk Taylor could
make in his sleep.
It's a move Taylor would make
on the playgrounds of Ohio, while
playing with his older brothers.
It's a move which seemed so
routine, so simple, that no thought
was given to making it.
And this one February evening,
when Michigan visited Minnesota, it
seemed like the old days - there
Taylor dribbled the ball up court, and
there, his old high school buddy,
Ray Gaffney, stood guarding him -
watching his every move, hoping to
gain a chance at springing the
basketball out of his ex-teammate's
hand.
But on that trip up the court, fate
intervened - and that simple move
became possibly the last one Kirk
Taylor would ever make.
Gaffney guarded Taylor along his
left side while Taylor dribbled with
his right. Taylor stopped. Pivoted.
And collapsed at the knee with a
heap of pain. The season was over.
After arthroscopic surgery two
days later, it was determined that
Taylor had a torn anterior cruciate,
and further surgery would be needed.
Now, think of the images that
ran through Kirk Taylor's mind
during his rehabilitation process.
-In North Carolina, Taylor
watches Sean Higgins explode, and
land all types of praise.
-In Ann Arbor, Taylor looks
down and tries to walk.
-In Seattle, Taylor watches Rum-
eal Robinson sink two free throws
and Michigan wins the national
championship.
"That hurt me," Taylor admits.
"It really hurt me to see my
teammates out there playing and I
wasnQf't nh1P to hi-_ no rof tha4ti,.

After a career-threatening
injury, Kirk Taylor has
done some soul searching

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The adjustment took Taylor a
while to grasp. At times during the
latter part of spring and early
summer,'Taylor would skip his
rehabilitation workouts.
"One of the things that is hard to
get through to someone with that
serious a surgery is that the knee is
not the same," trainer Dan Minert
said. "It is a tremendous adjustment
to make. It took Kirk a while."
Depression had surrounded Kirk
- and he wondered if he would ever
play again. "Rehab was going
slow," Taylor recalls. "Every time I
worked out I'd see no progress. I just
couldn't see my leg getting back
into shape and it was real depressing.
"I went through a couple real
depressive states."
Taylor sits calmly in the
Michigan lockerroom after
completing his two to three hour
daily rehab describing the torture this
injury has caused him. He is open
and forthright. But when he is asked
how to describe the mental anguish
that went with such an injury, he
comes up short.
"Wait one second... How do I
describe it?...I really can't describe
it."
Finally he says, "It seems like
you are helpless and no matter what
you do, you cannot make it change."
Get the feeling? Try driving
without brakes and head for a semi.
The injury also helped Taylor
sort out who he could really consider
as confidants. "You find out who
your true friends are - whether they
like you just because you're an
athlete or not. A lot of people were
just hanging around me. I now know
who my true friends are. It's only a
couple people. There weren't a lot."
But enough on the negative.
Right now Taylor is dwelling on the
nositive. And for a go'v thait icall

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